August 15th, 2008
07:10 PM ET
6 years ago

New DNC Web video tries to link McCain to Abramoff scandal

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WASHINGTON (CNN) – The Democratic National Committee’s is taking on John McCain in a new Web video calling into question his reputation as a campaign finance reformer and a maverick who stands outside the inner circles of political dealings in the nation’s capital.

The online video accuses McCain of “cozying up” to the “cronies” of disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who pled guilty in 2006 to federal charges of fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials.

The video takes issue with McCain’s fundraising ties to Ralph Reed, a former business partner of Abramoff. “While most people now see Ralph Reed as a tainted man raising tainted money, John McCain sees him as a source of campaign cash,” a narrator in the video says.

Reed recently sent out an e-mail that urged Republicans in Georgia to attend a planned Republican National Committee fundraiser for McCain scheduled for next Monday in Atlanta.

The Democratic National Committee said that Rep. Henry Waxman, D-California, will call for McCain to cancel the planned fundraiser in a conference call with reporters on Friday morning.

Update 7:10 pm: Alex Conant, spokesman for the Republican National Committee released the following statement in responce to the DNC's new web video: “It’s laughable Democrats would try to make this a political issue, considering John McCain led the Abramoff investigations and has record of fighting to reform Washington, while Barack Obama’s brief political career already has its own fundraising scandals.”

(full script after the jump)

Script, DNC Web ad “Tainted”

VOICEOVER: “On the campaign trail, John McCain claims that he fought to expose Jack Abramoff and his corrupt cronies…”

MCCAIN: “And I led the investigation.”

VOICEOVER: “It was a scandal that rocked the country, linking all the way to the Bush White House and Republicans in Congress, sending two former Republican Congressmen to prison.

“But, now, desperate to raise campaign cash to run more negative attack ads, John McCain is cozying up to Jack Abramoff’s cronies.

“Ralph Reed, a key business partner of Jack Abramoff helped the convicted former Republican lobbyist launder 2 million dollars through a front group to finance a gambling campaign.

“Now, Ralph Reed has signed up to raise money for John McCain. Reed has even been appointed to McCain’s Victory 2008 Team.

“Ralph Reed’s murky connections to Jack Abramoff run so deep, it cost him a race for Lt. Governor in Georgia.

“While most people now see Ralph Reed as a tainted man raising tainted money, John McCain sees him as a source of campaign cash.

“John McCain – more of the same old politics.”


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soundoff (251 Responses)
  1. Tired Voter

    As always, follow the money. Reed has some past problems, no doubt about it and a lot of us find his faith phoney, but you've got to doubt if this one's going to get traction.

    Bottom line is too long a campaign, too much money and voter fatigue.

    August 15, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. randy

    After all this we have been thorugh for 8years i cant understand that why some trailer trash people will go out there trying to vote republican again i just dont know and it is really crazy.

    August 15, 2008 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  3. Big D

    Remember when McCain said that he'd run his campaign with integrity? Remember when McCain was known as a champion for campaign finance reform? Those days are clearly gone and forgotten now. I'm disappointed that McCain is so desperate to win that he's resorting to the support from the lobbyists he once tried to distance himself from. This is not the McCain from 2000, and it's a shame that he's abandoned the integrity that he had before.

    August 15, 2008 09:17 am at 9:17 am |
  4. Caryn, Washington DC

    I love it...way to go DNC!!!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. Charlotte

    Guess John isn't the only one into dirty politics? I thought Obama was above this type of ad. Oh yeah, it is from the Dumb Nuts Committee. What about Ayers, Rezko and Rev. Wright?

    August 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. Charlotte

    Guess John isn't the only one into dirty politics? I thought Obama was above this type of ad. Oh yeah, it is from the Dumb Nuts Committee. What about Ayers, Rezko and Rev. Wright?

    August 15, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. Tom Eyemdaman

    Yeah, Obama certainly wouldn't raise cash from spurious sources. (e.g. Rezko, Ayres, Hamas, etc)

    August 15, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. MARGARET

    IT IS SO OBVIOUS HOW PREJUDICED CNN IS AGAINST MCCAIN AND FOR OBAMA. NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE, NEGATIVE FOR MCCAIN.
    ANY NEGATIVES YOU HAVE TO REPORT ABOUT OBAMA ARE MADE LIGHT BY YOUR RHETORIC. THE MAIN STREM MEDIA'S HYPOCRACY IS SO CLEAR TO ANYONE WITH A WORKING BRAIN.

    August 15, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. Election Watcher

    Hey, Barry-O!
    Say hi to your pal Tony Rezko for me!

    August 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  10. jfs Memhis, Tn

    It's about time Obama campaign.!!! Great start and MUCH MORE TO COME. McCain has SO MUCH History he will become easy pickings in the future. All of the False and Nasty Books in the world cannot change what's on public record. McCain may have to review more of the Clinton Ads to see where to go next. Folks can call Obama and 'empty suit" or inexperienced or too young.............but this sort of baggage he is squeeky clean from and exibits a sharp contrast between Old Washington and true Change.

    August 15, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  11. California Gold

    McCain's past is going to catch up with him before November 2008. Keating 5, signing confessions for the North Vietnamese (an act of treason if you aren't a family with a military legacy), fraudulently pirating Jackson Browne's "Running On Empty" music for an ad (which McCain is now being sued over), even showing solar and wind power in his Olympic ads when he has been absent for the last 8 votes, including one vote when he refused to leave his Senate office to go to the floor.

    McCain's past is something he hopes the public doesn't know about.

    August 15, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  12. JOHN SCOOTER MCCAIN

    THE OLD MAN IS DISHONEST. I DONT TRUST HIM. WE WILL BE IN ANOTHER WAR WITH HIM. AND HE ISN'T VERY BRIGHT.

    OBAMA........08

    August 15, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  13. Done with Dems

    What a low blow from the DNC. They should be ashamed. Lets let Jesse and the Rev Wright weigh in on this one.

    August 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  14. radar

    well, well, well. look at all the outraged mccain supporters. poor you.

    way to avoid the point, guys and gals. the commercial links mccain to a money launderer. your response? "rev. wright is terrible;" "the DNC called mccain old ... booooo;" "lawyers donate to obama."

    how about addressing the actual point?

    August 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. Luis

    Obamites grasping at straws..................

    How about Wright, Ayers, Pfleger, Rezko, Obama's communist mentors..................lett that out huh?

    Vote McCain or join the insane.....

    August 15, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  16. jen

    I see the Republican Trolls are out spreading hate with the hope of winning the McCain Blogger Price.

    August 15, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Bryan

    Yes. Some hard hits from the Dems.

    Finally.

    August 15, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  18. Jeremy

    The DNC and Obama will go down in history as worst than Kerry.

    August 15, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  19. WHITE GIRL FOR OBAMA

    YOU HATERS KNOW YOU DON'T WANT MCCAIN AS PRESIDENT, BUT YOU PEOPLE ARE SO RACIST YOU REFUSE TO VOTE FOR AN AFRICAN AMERICAN WHO WILL DO A MUCH BETTER JOB THE MCCAIN....

    I GUESS YOU ALL WILL BE WALKING OR TAKING A BUS TO WORK IF IN FACT YOU ALL HAVE JOBS.....AND FORGET ABOUT YOUR HEALTHCARE BENEFITS OR ANYTHING ELSE UNDER MCCAIN....

    YOU HATERS WILL SOON HAVE TO EAT CROW WHEN OBAMA BECOMES YOUR NEXT PRESIDENT...HA HA !!!

    GO OBAMA!!!

    August 15, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  20. All Right

    What a dirty and sleazy campaign Obama is running. This guy is the lowest and he claims to be different...so much for change.

    August 15, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  21. Nick

    To Abby in regards to her claim that Obama'a T-shirt, bumper sticker, etc. sales don't count twords the "2 million" donations:
    From Obama Store Website:
    "Thank you for visiting the Obama for America online store. All of our products are top quality, union and USA made and produced. All purchases made on the Obama Store are 100% contributions to the campaign and count toward your overall contribution limit.

    Any purchase is considered a federal contribution to Obama Victory Fund. If you have already contributed the maximum amount under federal law or are otherwise ineligible to contribute under the federal rules"

    August 15, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  22. Chris, NJ

    Hasn't the entire obamanation been praising obama for the last 2 days on his "positive" campaign ads that talk about his policies and not McCain?

    I have 1 word for the Obamanation and his campaign. HYPOCRITES!!!!

    McCain and some conservative guy 08!

    August 15, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  23. Andy2

    Yo Andy. If you want to equate Ralph Reed with Tony Rezko, then can we expect you to push for Reed's indictment and conviction?

    August 15, 2008 09:35 am at 9:35 am |
  24. Doug

    I know both sides take money – but really...McCain is much much more of the SAME OLD SCHOOL POLITICS! We desperately need change in this country, and McCain isn't it. Sorry folks.

    August 15, 2008 09:36 am at 9:36 am |
  25. mel

    This is one example why he can't be trusted.He made a lot of
    money with outside interest such as lobbyist undercover. He
    have the money hi anything he want cover-up. make him explain
    these lobbyist and the female done a lot for.

    August 15, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
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